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Senior linebacker Jarrett Franklin has received the honor of wearing No. 41 for the University at Buffalo football team this season. No. 41 was worn by defensive end Solomon Jackson, who died after a heart-related collapse during a conditioning workout in February 2016. UB coach Lance Leipold started a tradition last year of awarding Jackson’s number to one player each …

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Kiefer Douse, who was voted the team's Most Improved Player by his Canisius College men's basketball teammates last season, has signed a professional contract with the Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League. Douse, a guard from Brampton, Ont., played in all 34 games for the Golden Griffins in 2016-17 and ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per…

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During summertime, the heat and humidity are so oppressive and the mosquitoes so unforgiving near the Bayou that it's almost unbearable. Tim Roberts grew up on its fringes and frequently spent the free time of his youth swinging on ropes and dropping himself into waters heavily populated by alligators. It made for quite a feeding frenzy, as you can imagine, but not in t…

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St. Mary's graduate Leah Meyer of Duke has been selected to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball team. Meyer, who will be a junior, earned first team All-ACC last year after leading the Blue Devils in blocks, blocks per set and ranking second in total kills and hitting percentage. Meyer helped St. Mary's go unbeaten during her senior season. Duke…

Stacey Smith, a former volleyball standout at Eden High School who went on to play collegiately at the University of Georgia and Syracuse, was named women’s volleyball coach at Hilbert College Thursday. Smith, 25, had been serving as the Hawks’ top assistant since 2015. “Stacey has shown a passion for coaching the sport over the last few seasons,” said John Czarnecki…

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Canisius College tapped a former player to take over its men's lacrosse program, naming Mark Miyashita as head coach Thursday. Miyashita succeeds Randy Mearns, who stepped down in June after guiding Canisius for 19 seasons and two NCAA Tournament berths to take over as coach of the new men's lacrosse program at St. Bonaventure. Miyashita, the fourth coach in Griffs h…

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By any measure, Tyree Jackson stands out on the University at Buffalo football field. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound sophomore quarterback is the No. 1 reason for optimism about the UB offense this season because he is such an impressive physical specimen. Another year of healthy eating and weight training have made Jackson faster entering Bulls training camp, which began o…

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A cornerback who started his career at Eastern Michigan and a former Syracuse recruit were among three new additions to the University at Buffalo roster on the first day of football training camp Tuesday. The cornerback is Devon Russell, and he has a chance to get on the field this season for the Bulls. Russell, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, played 10 games as a true freshma…

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Buffalo State named Jennifer Wilson the fourth head coach in its women's hockey program history. Wilson takes over a program which won a program-best 35 games the last two seasons (35-16-2) and made four-consecutive postseason appearances, including earning its first-ever postseason victory last season. She takes over for Candice Moxley, who returned to coach in Canada.…

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Niagara County Community College’s baseball program has come a long way in Matt Clingersmith’s 11 years as head coach. It has come so far, in fact, that it’s hard to believe where it once was. The Thunderwolves have qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III World Series five times in the last nine years, the only five appearances i…

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CANTON, Ohio -- University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold thinks his house is getting in order. In a figurative sense, the family room is not yet fully furnished, and the in-ground pool remains a hole in the back yard. Is the kitchen updated with the finest appliances? Not yet. But Leipold looks at the basement and sees the cracks in the walls repaired. The …

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The University at Buffalo was picked for fifth out of six in the East Division in the preseason poll for the Mid-American Conference football season, the conference announced Wednesday. Toledo is the overwhelming favorite to win the MAC. The Rockets are the West Division favorites and were picked to win the MAC championship game on 21 of 24 ballots. UB went 2-10 last…

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It was a big day for East Amherst golfer Ben Reichert. The 19-year-old former Williamsville North star qualified for the U.S. Amateur championship by shooting 68-73 over two rounds Tuesday at Blue Heron Hills Golf Course near Rochester. He was one of two golfers out of 78 to advance to the USGA championship at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles Aug. 14-20. …

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Niagara women’s lacrosse coach Wendy Stone earned a few bragging rights over her counterpart at Canisius, Scott Teeter, on Saturday. The United States team, coached by Stone, earned the gold medal in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. The Americans posted a 10-5 win over Canada, coached by Teeter, in Surrey, England. It was a rematch of the 2013 World Cup fin…

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A 20-year-old University at Buffalo basketball player tried to strangle a female acquaintance earlier this week in the City of Tonawanda and later was charged with witness intimidation, authorities said. Quate J. McKinzie has been indefinitely suspended from the UB Bulls men's basketball team. He appeared in Tonawanda City Court on Friday for further proceedings after a…